Volunteering | Compaid | Meeting the changing needs of disabled people

There have been volunteers at Compaid since the beginning, lending their essential support to staff and clients.

You can give as much or little time as you like – some of our volunteers spare a few hours a month, others a couple of days a week.

Some of our volunteers like the hands on approach and support our clients to learn or relearn computer skills by being Computer Assistants working in our Training Centre or with the Outreach team. This may involve playing games, writing letters, being creative with art or photography software, helping someone to send an email or to trace their ancestry.

Another ‘hands on’ role, the Volunteer Driver is a valuable part of our Accessible Transport team helping our clients to access services using one of our specially adapted minibuses. Trips can include social outings, weekly shopping to the local supermarket or travel to a day centre. All drivers receive MiDAS training.

Andy retired from the Metropolitan Police and now volunteers two days a week as a driver for our Transport Dept.

“Volunteering at Compaid is very rewarding and enjoyable. Everyone is very friendly and you are made to feel welcome from the start. I meet and talk to people from all walks of life and every day is different.”

There are also volunteers who help with our various Fundraising events. In the past this has included sponsored walks and runs, raffles, stalls at markets and fetes selling our greetings cards and street collections.

We appreciate the huge contribution that all of our volunteers make to the successful running of our organisation, and understand the importance of saying ‘˜thank you’. As a volunteer you will receive support starting with a formal induction followed by on-going training and supervision and an annual appraisal. You will also be able to claim for reasonable travel expenses.

We are proud to hold the REVAMP Quality Mark for volunteer recruitment and management.

We are currently looking for volunteers to support our services in the following areas:

 

Vice Chair to the Board of Trustees

Compaid is looking for a new Trustee to take up the position of Vice Chair within  our dynamic Board of Trustees, as we continue to develop our services and support to disabled and other vulnerable people in and around Kent.

Our Trustees are responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of Compaid, its financial health, the probity of its activities and developing its aims, objectives and goals in accordance with the governing document, legal and regulatory guidelines.

We are seeking an active and engaged member of the board who will bring with them self-motivation, time and dedication but will also bring passion, drive and enthusiasm to the role to help us to make a difference to the lives of the disabled and vulnerable people that use our services.

The main responsibilities of this voluntary position are to:

  • work closely with and support the Chair, acting as a deputy when appropriate;
  • to operate as an ambassador for Compaid’s work in the community and in relevant business and other networks
  • work alongside the Chair and Treasurer to ensure that the Trustees collectively fulfil their responsibilities for the governance and financial affairs of Compaid, optimising the relationship between the Board of Trustees, the Chief Executive, staff and volunteers.
  • Attend quarterly Board meetings

Ideally candidates should reside in or near the county of Kent.

Full role descriptions can be found here: Vice Chair and Trustee

 

To apply please complete an application form found at the link below and return to

Stephen Elsden, Chief Executive at stephenelsden@compaid.org.uk

Application Form

 

Training Centre in Paddock Wood – Computer Assistant

Supporting our clients to learn or relearn computer skills in a fun and informal way.  Activities may include creative writing, using art or photography software, researching the internet, playing games and sending emails.

Volunteer Driver based in Paddock Wood

Driving a specially adapted minibus to collect vulnerable people from home to go on day trips, to social events, to day centres and to do their weekly shopping.

Events Volunteer

Activities could include helping to organise and/or assist at various events, meeting people, explaining the work of Compaid, selling Raffle tickets, setting up/manning Information Stalls or marshalling at running events.  Supported by our friendly staff, the time commitment varies from a few hours a week, to a more occasional basis.

If you or someone you know is interested in any of these roles, please contact Judith Williams for more information or complete the relevant Application form below:

Transport/Driving Volunteer role

All other Volunteer roles.

 

email: judith.williams@compaid.org.uk

tel: 01892 834539